Asteroid Files: Nyx

Thumbnail-HeliosHelios– That’s it, I know we still have some time left in Libra season, but I’ve had it. Scorpio season is now, get into it. Not to mention I ran out of good Libra asteroids….

The Astronomy– 3908 Nyx is an Amor and Mars-crosser asteroid. It was discovered by Hans-Emil Schuster on August 6, 1980, and is named after Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night, after which Pluto’s moon Nix is also named. To avoid confusion with 3908 Nyx, Pluto’s moon Nix was changed from the initial proposal of the classical spelling Nyx, to Nix. It is 1–2 km in diameter and is a V-type asteroid, meaning that it may be a fragment of the asteroid 4 Vesta. In 2000, radar observations conducted at the Arecibo and Goldstone observatories produced a model of Nyx’s shape; the asteroid can best be described as spherical but with many protruding lumps.

The Myth– Nyx is the Greek goddess of the night. A shadowy figure, Nyx stood at or near the beginning of creation and mothered other personified deities such as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death), with Erebus (Darkness). Her appearances are sparse in surviving mythology, but reveal her as a figure of such exceptional power and beauty that she is feared by Zeus himself. Nyx took on an even more important role in several fragmentary poems attributed to Orpheus. In them, Nyx, rather than Chaos, is the first principle from which all creation emerges. Nyx occupies a cave in which she gives oracles. Kronos, who is chained within, asleep and drunk on honey – dreams and prophesies. Outside the cave, Adrasteia clashes cymbals and beats upon her tympanon, moving the entire universe in an ecstatic dance to the rhythm of Nyx’s chanting. Phanes – the strange, monstrous, hermaphrodite Orphic demiurge – was the child or father of Nyx. In Greece, Nyx was only rarely the focus of cults. More often, Nyx lurked in the background of other cults. Thus there was a statue called “Nyx” in the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. The Spartans had a cult of Sleep and Death, conceived of as twins. Cult titles composed of compounds of nyx- are attested for several deities, most notably Dionysus Nyktelios “nocturnal” and Aphrodite Philopannyx “who loves the whole night”.

Why She Matters– Okay, so I feel compelled to get her right. If you look for more information on her from other astrologers, you will find maybe one sentence, and nothing more than just “darkness, or things that happen in the darkness”. *heavy sigh* Listen, this was a goddess who Zeus was afraid of, and he faced down Typhon, The Titans and The Giants without any hesitation, let alone facing his sister/wife after MANY dalliances and indiscretions. That alone makes her fearsome. In the chart she acts as a sort of Lilith, only way more powerful and more dominant than rebellious. In fact, she is representative of the Anima as a whole, a feminine force of such raw power, size and dark majesty that she defies comprehension. She can only be felt as she envelops and takes you over, not rationalized or warded off. She is your shadow side, and is always there. She is the emotional reason behind all action, she is dark impulse. I mean just look at the connections! She is part of the Amor Family (Love) and is a Mars crosser (Action, Rage) and has strong connections to Pluto (Soul-churning passion, overwhelming emotion, crossing the line); She guards Kronos (aka Saturn [Achievement, Power]) and keeps him under control but uses him for her own ends. She connects to the Fates, Eros, Aphrodite (Venus) and Artemis (The Moon), and on top of all that she is in the background of almost all other gods’ worship. Truly, she is a goddess that deserves her own book series, movie and tv show, not just one sentence, if that.

To find out where she shows up in your chart, go to astro.com, put in your birth details and in the extended options, all the way at the bottom, there will be a menu of additional objects. Under that is a blank space where you can enter the number 3908, for Nyx. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Nyx affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!